Get it together, America. How have we not figured out how to put a condom on yet? Seriously. I’m baffled. And with good reason.
Sex Ed isn’t taught nearly enough in schools. There isn’t enough information given about how our bodies or diseases actually work, and some schools are still clinging to ineffective abstinence-only education. It’s like living in the STD apocalypse.
BECAUSE STDs ARE AT AN ALL-TIME HIGH IN THE UNITED STATES.
According to a new report from the CDC, rates of gonorrhea, syphilis, and chlamydia STI infections increased dramatically in 2015. This likely has to do with the budget cuts in sexual health programs and clinics the US has seen recently. According to PBS, 20 clinics have closed in the last year alone.
“STD rates are rising, and many of the country’s systems for preventing STDs have eroded. We must mobilize, rebuild and expand services — or the human and economic burden will continue to grow,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention said in a prepared statement.